Judge killed in hit-and-run on vacation, suspect arrested then claims she’s 'Harry Potter,' police say

Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff, Cardozo School of Law

Apr. 13 2021, Updated 12:20 p.m. ET

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A federal judge was killed in a hit-and-run crash while on vacation, and as the suspect drove away she hit a 6-year-old boy, police say. 

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Police in Boca Raton, Florida, arrested Nastasia Snape, 23, for driving the vehicle involved in the incident. 

Witnesses told police that Snape was driving erratically before she hit the judge, Sandra Feuerstein, 75. The incident happened on April 9 around 10 a.m.

Feuerstein served in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was on vacation in Florida. 

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After hitting Feuerstein, Snape continued driving, hitting a boy as he walked across the crosswalk, according to a police affidavit. The child had non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from the hospital, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Snape continued to drive until she crashed her car at an intersection, according to police. She was found unconscious in her vehicle.

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When the cops approached the car, Snape began “to convulse and have seizure-like movements,” according to the affidavit. 

She awoke shortly after, but she didn’t make eye contact and wasn’t able to hold a conversation, according to police. 

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When she was in the ambulance, she “began to scream and fight with the medics stating she was ‘Harry Potter,” police documents say. Snape shares a last name with Severus Snape, a character in the Harry Potter franchise.

Paramedics needed to give Snape 400 milligrams of Ketamine to calm her down.  

At the hospital, officers again tried to talk to Snape. She said she remembered being in a crash, but when they asked her where it happened, Snape said, "I wasn't in a crash," according to the affidavit. 

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At the hospital, police say they found several small containers with “THC Cannabis” labeled on them, as well as a designer drug known as “T,” which is known to cause delirious, erratic behavior, according to police documents.

Snape was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving injury. 

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If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

“Judge Feuerstein was a treasured member of our Eastern District bench,” Eastern District of New York District Court Executive Eugene Corcoran said in a statement to the New York Daily News. “Her eccentric style and warm personality lit up the courtroom. She will be missed by her colleagues and litigants alike.”


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